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    PANOLA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Carthage, Texas

    Panola County has had five courthouses:
    1848, 1850, 1853, 1885 and 1953.

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    Present  Panola County Courthouse, Carthage Texas
    The 1953 Panola County courthouse
    "The courthouse annex on the right side of the picture behind the courthouse was built several years ago and all of the courtrooms were moved there. The courtrooms that were at each end of the 1953 building are now occupied by the county clerk's office and the district clerk's office." - Terry Jeanson, December 2007 photo

    Present Panola County Courthouse
    - Carthage, Texas

    Date - 1953
    Style - Modern
    Architect - Preston M. Geren
    Material - Concrete and brick

    One of the worst architectural errors in judgement occurred in Panola County in 1956. The 1885 courthouse (a twin to Shelby County’s courthouse) was replaced with the 1953 structure in use today. The old courthouse was auctioned for materials and a park was made of the courthouse lawn.

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    Architect Jacob Joseph Emmett Gipson, and the Shelby and Panola County courthouses.

    Carthage became the county seat in l884 when Jonathan Anderson donated 100 acres for the townsite.
    1953 PanolaCounty Courthouse, Carthage Texas
    The 1953 Panola County Courthouse
    Postcard courtesy THC, 1960s

    The 1885 Panola County Courthouse
    Carthage, Texas

    The 1885 Panola County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
    Notice the similarity to the Shelby County Courthouse below.

    Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Shelby County courthouse, Center, Texas old photo
    1939 photo Courtesy TxDoT
    Shelby County Courthouse
    Drawing of the 1885 Panola County courthouse by artist Stan Routh.
    "This drawing, along with dozens of other Stan Routh drawings and other historical photos, is hanging in the county clerk's office of the current courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, December 2007 photo
    1885 Panola County Courthouse,  Carthage, Texas
    Another view of the 1885 Panola County Courthouse
    1940s Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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